Our parish is an active one. Besides the liturgical services, many other social, recreational, cultural, and educational events are held either regularly or throughout the year.
Spiritual Retreats are normally held twice a year. This coming year we will be sponsoring a retreat for youth on Saturday, December 19th and are especially joyful that Dr. Gayle Woloshchak, an internationally renowned scientist and member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. will be leading our Lenten retreat on the 27th and 28th of February, 2010.
Her theme will be "Faith and Science: past, present, and future". She will be speaking about evolution, embryology, and ecology from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
The Odesa Dancers rehearse on Monday evenings from September through June, and during this same time our Sisterhood members offer a Ukrainian Luncheon on Thursday from 11:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M.
Dances and other social and cultural events are held from time to time. Some of
our most popular events are the annual luncheon in honour of our sisterhood,our children's concert in honour of Holy Father Nicholas in December (photos of which may be seen in our photo gallery); the Ukrainian New Year's celebration on January 13th; our Holy Theophany Eve parish common dinner; and our parish "Paschal Holy Meal" held on St. Thomas Sunday.
Various other programs are offered for the benefit of the faithful, including special liturgical services and educational presentations during the fasting periods before the Nativity of our Lord, Pascha, and the Dormition of the Theotokos.
Besides the religious activities of our parish, our parishioners have also been very active in all aspects of the Ukrainian community life in Oshawa-Durham. Whether it be support for Ukrainian education, the celebration of the centennial of Ukrainian immigration to Canada in 1991, recognition of Ukraine's independence, or any other aspect of Ukrainian life our parish and parishioners are always involved. Most recently our parish spearheaded the effort to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the artificial famine which was perpetrated in Ukraine in 1932-33 - the "Holodomor". We are honoured to say that more than a dozen survivors of this Ukrainian Holocaust are members of our parish.